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Thornhill Primary School – Advertisement

Chair of Governors.

Role Information.

Salary Details: Appointment type: Hours:
Location: Organisation: Directorate:

Voluntary position.
Chair of Governors.
Thornhill Primary School.
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council Children and Young Peoples Services.

The Governing Body is seeking to appoint a Chair of Governors to join their team, to attend / chair meetings term time only. The school is rated by Ofsted as ‘Good’ overall with ‘Outstanding’ Leadership.

You will:

  • Be responsible for ensuring that the Governing Body functions effectively within the

    law and upholds the highest professional standards at all times.

  • Provide the Governing Body with clear leadership and direction.

  • Work with the Head to promote and maintain high standards of educational

    achievement and ensuring that the Governing Body sets a clear vision, ethos and

    strategic direction for the school.

  • Hold the Head to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils

    and for the appraisal of staff.

  • Develop a supportive relationship with the Head based on honesty and mutual


  •  Be a ‘critical friend’ to the Head by offering support, challenge and encouragement.

  • Ensure the Head’s appraisal is managed effectively and is rigorous and robust.

  • Oversee the financial performance of the school and the effective use of the school’s


  • Encourage the Governing Body to participate constructively in meetings and

    committees. To work together as an effective team, helping them build or contribute

    their skills, knowledge and experience to meetings.

  • Work with the Clerk to the Governors to ensure that the Governing Body conducts

    business in accordance with the law.

  • Effectively chair meetings by ensuring meetings remain focussed and run on time.

  • Ensure new governors receive induction.

Please note our Spring Term Governing Body Meeting is on Tuesday 10th March at 4pm. The successful candidate will be expected to attend.

Please access the Department for Education publication Competency Framework for Governance on which define more clearly the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed for governance. The competencies are grouped under the headings of six features of effective governance, which are set out in the Governance Handbook.

We can offer you:

  • An exciting opportunity to work with children 3 – 11 years.

  • A welcoming, friendly and caring ethos.

  • An environment where children are happy, confident and enjoy learning.

  • A supportive Governing Body, parents and community.


Informal visits to the school are welcome. Please telephone the school to arrange an appointment. Further details about the school can be found on the school website;

Further details about Governance and the application form can be obtained from, and should be returned to: Mrs S Gulliver (Clerk to Governors). Thornhill Primary School, Clough Bank, Rotherham. S61 1TD. Tel 01709 335999 or by email

Please note there will be a requirement to provide two referees.

This post involves working with children and therefore if successful you will be required to apply for a disclosure of criminal records check at an enhanced level. Further information about the Disclosure Scheme can be found at

Rotherham Borough Metropolitan Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

Closing Date: 4pm Friday 31st January.
Interview date: Friday 14th February am. (Please ensure that you could make this date if shortlisted)